Watercolour Painting by Avril Jean - Titipounamu (Rifleman)
Original watercolour painting by Avril Jean.
Mounted and framed in a New Zealand made wooden frame.
Frame size 40 x 39 cm
Mount outer size: 32.5 x 31.5 cm
Mount window size 18.5 x 16.5 cm
About the Titipounamu:
The rifleman is generally considered to be New Zealand’s smallest bird. It is one of only two surviving species within the ancient endemic New Zealand wren family. Riflemen are small forest-dwelling insectivores, and are constantly on the move, producing a characteristic ‘wing-flicking’ while moving through the canopy and foraging up and down tree trunks. South Island riflemen are found throughout forests of the main divide, but are less common in the east of the South Island, and scarce on Stewart Island. The North Island rifleman survives as geographically isolated populations on North Island mountain ranges, with only three populations north of Kaimai Forest Park (Warawara Forest in Northland, and on Little Barrier and Tiritiri Matangi Islands).